Zaps – March 2008


Events


ACTIVIST CONFERENCE – The 11th Annual National Conference on Organized Resistance (NCOR) will be held March 7-9, 2008 in Washington, DC. This weekend of learning and discussing local and international social justice issues through workshops, panel discussions, and skillshares is held at American University. 

Contact:
NCOR, Mary Graydon 271, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016; ncor@riseup.net; www.ncor2008.org

WOMEN’S STRIKE
– International Women’s Day, March 8, is a day of protest, education, and direct action to redress the ongoing oppression of women who do two-thirds of all the world’s work—most of it without pay or formal benefits and often in slave conditions. 

WINTER SOLDIER
– From March 13-16, 2008, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) will gather in Washington, DC to give first-hand testimony to the brutality, criminality, and stupidity of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. The event also honors the influential Winter Soldier campaign of Vietnam Veterans in 1971. 

Contact:
IVAW, PO Box 8296, Philadelphia, PA 19101; 215-241-7123; wintersoldier@ivaw.org; www.ivaw.org.


EDUCATION
- The 2008 Rouge Forum Conference, “Education: Reform or Revolution?” will be hosted by Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, March 14-16. The Rouge Forum is a group of educators, students, and parents seeking a democratic society. 

Contact:
Adam Renner, arenner@belarmine.edu; www.rougeforum.org

LEFT FORUM
- The 2008 Left Forum is scheduled for March 14-16 at the Cooper Union in NYC. Discussion panels, workshops, info tables, and more are offered at this largest gathering in North America of the U.S. and international Left. Visit the Z table & panel at the Left Forum.

Contact: Left Forum, c/o PhD Program in Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016; 212-817-2003; leftforum@leftforum.org; www.leftforum.org

PEACE DEMOS
- March 19 is the five-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Demonstrations and marches will occur around the country to pressure the U.S. government to stop its ongoing criminal occupation, with a large gathering for nonviolent civil disobedience planned in Washington, DC.  

Contact: UFPJ, PO Box 607, Times Square Station, NY, NY 10108; 212-868-5545; www.unitedforpeace.org; www.5yearstoomany.org

BOOKFAIR
- The 2008 Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair will take place on March 22-23 at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. Visit the Z table at the
Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair.

Contact: Anarchist Bookfair c/o Bound Together, 1369 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117; info@bayareaanarchistbookfair.org; www.sfbookfair.wordpress.com

FOSSIL FOOLS
– April 1 is Fossil Fools Day and you are urged to bring the spirit of carnival and mischief to the fight for climate justice. Find a local fossil fool—the coal-mining clown, the offset contortionist, the aviator tripping on the high wire, the supermarket food mile freak show, the oily strong man, or any other fool that deserves your attention—and take direct action to end the fossil fuel empire. See website for ideas. 

LABOR CONFERENCE
– The annual Labor Notes conference is scheduled for April 11-13 in Dearborn, Michigan. Young and old will come together for workshops and strategy in fighting back and taking what’s ours from the corporate oligarchy. This year’s theme: Rebuilding Labor’s Power. Visit Z’s table at the Labor Notes conference.

Contact: Labor Notes, 7435 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI  48210; 313-842-6262; conference@labornotes.org; www.labornotes.org

PEACE CONFERENCE
– War and Its Discontents: Understanding Iraq and the U.S. Empire is a conference for historians and activists, co-sponsored by the Peace History Society. The conference will take place April 11-13, 2008, in Atlanta, GA. 

LA FORUM
- The Los Angeles Social Forum is scheduled for April 25-27, with planning still underway and opportunities available for organizations and individuals to help. 

Contact: LA Social Forum, PO Box 50359, Los Angeles, CA 90050; 213-596-8226; info@lasocialforum.org; www.lasocialforum.org

CLASS STUDY
– The Center for Study of Working Class Life will have its annual conference, “How Class Works” at the State University of New York at Stony Brook June 5-7. 

Contact: Michael Zweig,Department of Economics, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794; 631-632-7536; michael.zweig@stonybrook.edu; www.workingclass.sunysb.edu

MEDIA
- The 2008 National Conference for Media Reform is scheduled for June 6-8 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Thousands of activists, journalists, and policymakers will hold discussions, workshops, and skillshares. Scholarships and work exchanges available. 

Contact: NCMR, 877-888-1533 x210; conference@freepress.net; www.freepress.net/conference.



Campaigns

ANTIWAR COFFEESHOP
– The Seattle and Tacoma Chapters of Iraq Veterans Against the War are raising money to open a GI run coffeehouse near Fort Lewis, Washington. Only $5,000 is needed before the coffeehouse can open. 

Contact: GI Voice Project, 5506 Detroit Ave. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499; 206-632-0500 x32; seattle@ivaw.org

HAITI
- Haiti Action Committee is coordinating a campaign demanding the safe return of Haitian human rights activist Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine. He is a psychologist who works with victims of torture, and a fierce activist who stands with his people in the streets. He was kidnapped on August 12, 2007 after meeting with a U.S. human rights delegation. Education, outreach, demonstrations, fasts, and petitions are being employed. 

Contact: Haiti Action Committee, P.O. Box 2218, Berkeley, CA 94702; 510-483-7481; action.haiti@gmail.com; www.haitisolidarity.net. 

MEXICO
- Servicio Internacional para la Paz continues to expand its monitoring of conflicts in Oaxaca and Guerrero, Mexico. This monitoring helps to call international attention to the similarity between issues in Chiapas and other Mexican states. At the same time it offers support to the human rights defenders experiencing harassments and violations of their human rights. 

Contact: SIPAZ, PO Box 3584, Chico, CA 95927; lpalmer@sipaz.org; www.sipaz.org.
 


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